On a daily bases, thousands of scholarships are advertised and given out to students that cannot afford the cost of studying abroad. However, before you can get this support, you have to face several tough interview questions.
But do not be too afraid… There is no reason for that. Schools in general get funds for scholarship from government. Therefore, naturally, they want to give it to someone. The problem may just occur when there are way too more applicants for a scholarship… When it is a case, your answers to scholarship interview questions decide if you get regular income for doing nothing or not.
We tried to compose a list of several common scholarship interview questions and answers you should give to these. The key is to show that you are very serious about your studies and that you really need the scholarship. But you should not look like someone who is desperate. You should look like someone who would love to study but needs a little support to be able to do that…
Common scholarship questions and tips how to answer it
Question 1: Introduce yourself.
Usually, interviewers know nothing, or very little about you. They just see your scholarship application. When introducing yourself in the interview, you should mention two things: 1. How much your dream to study at this college is coming true. 2. Gently describe your not so good financial situation, giving facts.
Facts are the numbers and the statements. Do not play too much with emotions at this point. Calmly say how much your parents earn and who they need to support. Describe briefly, in facts, your situation. But do not speak about the scholarship. Just introduce yourself and describe your situation.
Question 2: Why have you decided for this school? Why have you chosen the subject of your study?
The key is to answer this question with enthusiasm in your voice, speaking about future plans, and what you want to do once you finish your school. You should be future oriented in your answers. Interviewers will see that you really are serious about your career and judge that you probably deserve to be supported.
Questions 3. How are you planning to use your scholarship?
This is a very common question. And you can be well prepared for it. Bring with you a brake down of your monthly costs. How much do you pay for living, transport, food. How much do you prefer to (or need to) invest in books and further education. Simply break it down. You can even leave them the paper. Once they see you really need a scholarship, they will give it to you.
Question 4. What makes you special to receive this scholarship?
If you are in different condition, and are not applying for a form of social scholarship, but for a form of reward scholarship, it is good to brake down to paper again why you deserve to receive the scholarship. In general, answering scholarship interview questions, we advice you to use a paper a lot. School officers just love it. So write down all the great results or what ever is the reason you are applying for a scholarship.
Question 5: Do you plan to do anything for our college?
At the end of the day, everyone watches his own back. School prefers to support someone who can bring something back. If you are a perfect athlete, the answer is easy for you. You just mention where you plan to represent the school and use its name on your jersey.
But if you a social case, this might be more difficult. Still, you can mention your plans to organize some events for other students or simply do something for the community. Try to come up with a concrete plan. In the future, this does not have to happen, of course. No one will remember what you have told once in an interview for scholarship grant… But it’s simply good to mention it.
These are most of questions you might see while trying to apply for a scholarship. I hope the tips provided here will go a long way in assisting you give answers to most of these questions. If you have any question about this post, feel free to use the comment box. Thanks